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Two divisions of the opening leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series and an Open Trot featuring stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway get the marquee treatment Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:55 p.m. The action continues Saturday evening with the finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series and a filly/mare Invitational Pace holding the spotlight. Franks Best and Inside Broadway are not only both owned, bred and trained by Bob Johnson, but are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. Franks Best is a 6-year-old by Armbro Scribe, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old with Broadway Hall being the sire. Franks Best comes into this assignment with $184,000 in his bank account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was established at Running Aces last year. He has posed for snapshots following three of his last five appearances at this meet, romping home by five and a half-lengths at most recent asking with regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. Inside Broadway had his win streak snapped last time when asked to do his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. He had rattled off three straight impressive victories coming into that mile with James Kennedy at the controls, including a dead-heat with his half-brother in the November 29 Invitational. Axle is looking to make amends after finishing second as the 3-5 favorite in that last clash at the head of the division. The 4-year-old son of Hard Rock is conditioned by George Reider, who also co-owns with driver Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. He has a victory and two runner-up finishes from his last three trips to the post here. Looking at the two divisions of the Budahn, High Dollar comes into the series having posed for pictures following three of his last four starts for owner Kent Fox and driver/trainer Tim Maier. Silverlode is also a nice fit under these conditions with a race under the belt for Vickie and Steve Desomer. BEGINNING THIS WEEK, THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE HAS BEEN RAISED TO $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Just Plum Lucky sports caring connections While Just Plum Lucky has been a little too comfortable with the minor placings over the last couple of seasons, with 20 runner-up finishes to go with her seven victories, Richard and Marlene Thomas homebred comes to play each and every week and does sport two snapshots at the meeting. Trained by George Reider and handled by the 20-year-old phenom Tyler Smith in her last two appearances, the dark-hued daughter of Power Of Art was unable to match strides with Lust in the lane but did keep to her task to complete the exacta as the public choice at most recent asking. Shes a gem consistency, but she is the bridesmaid an awful lot, Reider said. If l was going to have a family horse, she fits the bill. Rick to Marlene really like her, and it shows since they lost the horse once and claimed her back.. She definitely has her share of problems, but my assistant trainer Kim Hines knows her like a book it and really takes care of her and we love having her in the barn. Reider was around during the Western Harness Racing days at Hollywood Park and like many people is saddened by the closing of that track, even though they havent had the trotters and pacers there for decades. I have so many memories, George said. I got the chance to watch Niatross and I was really impressed by Direct Scooter. Steve Desomer also had a little trotter named Dante Jay who was so much fun to watch week in and week out. Watching Shelly Goudreau drive was something, and hearing Robin Burns call those races was really special. There was so much excitement in the stands with the big crowds and movie stars, and thats the way I like to remember Hollywood Park. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness  

The ownership group of world record setter Dali p,2,1:50.2; 3,1:48.2f ($1,436,363) has announced that he will be returning to Ontario to stand stud in 2014. Dali's oldest foals were two-year-olds in 2013, from a test crop of mares he serviced while still racing. This is the first time the gorgeous speedster will be available in Ontario for commercial breeding. Dali possesses all the attributes to produce top racehorses and attractive yearlings for the commercial market. Dali's magnificent early speed at two, including being the fastest two-year-old first-start winner in the history of the sport, and his dominant wins in the Niatross and Woodrow Wilson stakes, says he has the right genetic tools to get his offspring to the races early. Dali's great conformation, toughness, and soundness, were highlighted by the fact that in spite of his precocious early start, he remained competitive at the highest level of the sport late into his three-year-old campaign, including his vicious world record setting Matron win in 1:48.2f in December.  From a very small test crop, Dali proved that his pedigree and performance would convert into him being a high percentage sire of offspring that can make it to the races and compete in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold program. Thirteen of 14 of his offspring raced this year at two (the only one that did not was untrained), and included the brilliantly quick Witch Dali p,2,1:52.3s as well as competitive Gold performers Blacktree and Weatherly (both race timed in 1:52). Dali returns to Ontario to stand at the very economical rate of $2,000 to give breeders the opportunity to get commercially attractive foals while keeping their costs in line given the state of our industry. All collection will be done at Emerald Ridge Farm in Rockwood, Ontario and 10 per cent of all proceeds from stud fees collected will be donated to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). Please contact Aaron Waxman of Velocity Stallions at 905-517-7997 for more information. Video & bookingapplication are available at Submitted by Velocity Stallions has exclusively learned today from the connections that own the undefeated world champion Standardbred two-year-old pacing colt, He’s Watching, that a half interest in the son of American Ideal has been sold to the Muscara Racing Trust He’s Watching is trained and co-owned by David Menary with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, all from Ontario, Canada. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania is comprised of the Joe Muscara family whom currently own and stand the stallions Art Official, Mach Three and Mister Big in additional to numerous race horses. This season He’s Watching put the harness racing world on notice of his ability, setting world records at Tioga Downs (1:50) and Yonkers Raceway (1:52.2). He also set track records at Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and tied the track record on a rainy night at Batavia Downs. He concluded his two-year-old season with earnings of $291,722. He’s Watching was purchased by Menary as a yearling for just $3,000. Complete details of the transaction including the price were not revealed but David Menary confirmed that the current owners would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a racehorse for the next two seasons and that the Muscara Racing Trust would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a breeding stallion. The entire arrangement is very similar to that of the great race horse and stallion, Niatross, who was also undefeated at age two in 1979 when half interest was sold for $2.5 million with the same racing/breeding agreements. “This is a good deal for everyone,” Said Dave Menary, “We are happy to have partners like Joe Muscara and his family on board. We had a great team when we started out with the colt and now the team is even better. “I am sorry that He’s Watching was not staked to the Breeders Crown this week and can’t be supplemented,” Menary added. “We turned him out but he was in perfect shape to keep on racing. He will be staked right for next year and we plan to be in all of the big dances. “When I first bought him at the sale he was a June foal and a little small,” Menary said. “He is still growing and I am sure will fill out more this winter. What he lacked in size he made up for in speed, heart and ability and he’s not done growing yet. I like to compare him to Foiled Again.” “We are very happy with this deal,” Said Robert Muscara of the Muscara Racing Trust. “He’s Watching has so much potential for the future. Two world records, eight for eight racing this year and we can’t wait to see what happens next year. We are also very happy with Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero as partners. They were great to deal with on the sale. It’s going to be very exciting next season. “ On the breeding side, He’s Watching’s pedigree, despite his bargain basement yearling sale price, shows four strains of the great broodmare K Nora – through He’s Watching himself and Western Ideal via the champion mare Leah Almahurst, plus through American Ideal and Life Sign via the world champion mare Three Diamonds. Also in his breeding is that there are duplications of Leah Almahurst and Three Diamonds that are sex-balanced (i.e. appearing via both a son and a daughter). There are also sex-balanced duplications of Abercrombie, Adios, Good Time, Knight Dream, Meadow Skipper and No Nukes. He’s Watching also has 8 daughters of Tar Heel (6 of them unique) in his 6th generation. That makes He’s Watching’s pedigree one of a possible real champion for his future stallion duties.  by Steve Wolf for

Pompano Beach, FL -- This Saturday night, October 6, the Isle Pompano Park opens for its 50th anniversary season of harness racing. Don’t know how happy Fred and Frances Dodge Van Lennep would be if they were still around to see what has taken place with the Taj Mahal that they built. They would have loved the casino and raved about it to everyone, but then they would have cried over what has happened to the former Winter Capital of Harness Racing. Over the years the prior owners and then the Isle never invested much more than a dime or two in keeping the building up to code and now it is in disarray. The track had opened to much fanfare back on February 4, 1964. The greatest trainers, drivers and horses in the world would winter at Pompano Park. Some 2,000 horses and 500 horsemen and women would stable there during the glory year with four tracks, an executive golf course, driving range and a beautiful track kitchen overlooking the training tracks. The Top of the Park Dining Room was exquisite with reservations and a jacket (for men) a must. They could seat well over 600 people and everyone had a great view of the track. Patten’s Place on the fifth floor was the ultimate speak easy. The Clubhouse Box seating area sold out months in advance. Now the glass planes are falling out from the sixth floor and you are limited to where you can walk on the track apron. When Niatross raced for the last time on December 27, 1980, more than 18,000 people jammed the track to see him and the right lane going north on Powerline Road was closed off and used as additional parking. People bought $2 win tickets just to save as souvenirs. Now there is just the Florida Chapter of the US Harness Writers Association’s Florida Hall of Fame picture display left to remind you of the people and horses that made the track great. The track held the Breeders Crown numerous times with world records set every season….Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Del Miller, Joe O’Brien, Bruce Nickells, Ted Taylor, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Bill Popfinger, Peter Wrenn and many other top horsemen were household names. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Gleason were weekly regulars during the track’s heydays. But that is all gone now. If you are lucky you can stand on part of the track apron and watch the races or go up to the casino and watch the horses come around the final turn but you can’t tell who was the winner unless you go inside and look on a TV. The opening night card features ten races, two of which are Florida Sunshine Stakes for three-year-olds. All-time leading driver Bruce Ranger is back along with Jim McDonald, Tom Sells, Jay & Kim Sears, Tom Audley and some new faces too. Once the major stakes season is over up north a lot more trainers and drivers will return. Plans call for a shorter season than normal with the meet ending in late May. Usually the track would have something special for the fans on opening night, maybe a baseball cap, beach towel or t-shirt giveaway. No swag this year. Track management said they will be doing something to commemorate the 50th anniversary so we will sit back and wait and see. Fred and Frances Van Lennep made their dreams come true for a harness racing Mecca in south Florida. They would be pretty upset if they could see it today. The track opens up and races live Wednesday and Saturday then add Monday’s on October 14. First race post time is 7:05 pm. Both parking and admission is free. By Steve Wolf for

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 12, 2013— Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce that the defending Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous will make his Hoosier Park racing debut on Saturday, September 21 in a $50,000 three-year-old Invitational pace. Hoosier Park’s Racing Secretary, Scott Peine, reached out to the connections of Captaintreacherous with hopes that they would be looking for a place to race before his previously announced engagements in Grand Circuit action in Lexington, KY. After discussions with the connections of the harness racing superstar, Captaintreacherous will set sail for Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval fresh off his victory in the $360,211 Cane Pace on September 2. Boasting a career bankroll over $2.3 million, Captaintreacherous was victorious in the 2013 installment of the Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup. Trained by Tony Alagna, the sophomore pacer has won seven of eight starts this year and over $1.4 million in purse earnings for his connections at Captaintreacherous Racing Captaintreacherous, a son of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, is the first foal out of the lightly raced stakes-winning mare Worldly Treasure, who is a full sister to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty. Last year, Captaintreacherous became the first two-year-old pacer in 25 years to be named Pacer of the Year. Captaintreacherous, who also was named harness racing’s best two-year-old male pacer, joins Camtastic and Niatross as the only 2-year-olds presented with the Pacer of the Year honor. He was victorious in the marquee two-year-old events at both the Meadowlands in the Woodrow Wilson and Mohawk Racetrack in The Metro while compiling four wins of 1:50 or faster, the first freshman in racing history to accomplish that feat. “We thought with the locality of Hoosier Park and trying to prepare for the Grand Circuit meet in Lexington, this race would be a perfect fit,” Alagna said of his trainee. “Of course we are looking to get a nice start in the horse before his races in Lexington, but I had a chance to talk with Tim (Tetrick) and being that we are both from the Midwest, we are very excited to come back and have the opportunity to showcase the horse there.” Captaintreacherous will ship to Hoosier Park in the midst of its’ fastest season to date. Hoosier Park’s track surface continues to sizzle as sixteen track records have been re-established this season. Night Pro, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion, recently lowered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts to 1:49 in a leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes. Shark Gesture, the winner of the 2010 Dan Patch, still holds the overall track record, at 1:48.1. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park  

Investigators from the Humane Society of Greater Rochester have been keeping a close watch on Rodney Farms in Wheatland. The Humane Society has received numerous calls over a few years from citizens concerned about the welfare of the horses there. “We have a stable owner who has been well respected in the community for years come under troubled times,” said Reno DiDomenico, director of the department of law enforcement at the Humane Society. “The Humane Society’s position has always been to help and educate, not always just enforce. We’ve been trying to work with Mrs. Galbraith and Rodney Farms for a number of years,” DiDomenico said. But conditions reached a turning point in the past several days and DiDomenico felt compelled to act. Investigators executed search warrants on Thursday and seized five of Barbara Galbraith’s horses that she had moved away from Rodney Farms after Aug. 28, when she was charged with three counts of failure to provide sustenance, a misdemeanor. “When we arrived at her property on Aug. 28, we found water troughs that were completely dry, and they didn’t have access to other water,” said Adrienne McHargue, director of communications and outreach at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Each count carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Galbraith is scheduled to appear in Wheatland Town Court on Sept. 16. Galbraith, 64, of442 Scottsville-West Henrietta Road, could not be reached for comment. Nobody answered the door at her home Friday. After a February Democrat and Chronicle report detailed the situation at the farm, investigators started to monitor the situation more closely. Horses were not in immediate danger when investigators arrived in August, McHargue said. Galbraith was issued an appearance ticket and the horses were fed and given water. Galbraith still has about 25 more horses. Shortly after that, Lollypop officials got tips telling them Galbraith was moving the horses off the property to several locations. Concerned citizens, McHargue said, told investigators where the horses had been taken. Five of Galbraith’s horses, all underweight, were brought to Lollypop on Thursday. The investigation is continuing, said DiDomenico. DiDomenico said investigators have checked on the horses, often by looking in from the edge of the road, dozens of times over the past few years. The seized animals include three stallions and two mares. One stallion is about 25 years old. The other horses are all about 2 or 3 years old. Galbraith permanently signed the oldest horse over to the Humane Society, DiDomenico said. The condition of the horses are ranked on a scale ranging from one through nine. Five is an ideal score. A lower score signifies an underweight horse. A higher score is an overweight horse. The oldest horse seized was scored one. The others were scored two. Those who took in the horses for Galbraith won’t be charged — moving the horses wasn’t against the law. But any in need of care will be taken to Lollypop, McHargue said. Rodney Farms has a proud history: Two-time Horse of the Year Niatross trained there under Galbraith’s husband, harness racing Hall of Fame reinsman and trainer Clint Galbriath. Niatross’ success elevated Clint and the farm to the top of the racing game, and helped the farm expand to more than 120 racing horses, Barbara said. The racing horses and brood mares nearly filled the 208-stall main barn and 20-stall receiving barn. Each 12-by-12 stall was equipped with automatic waterers and individual infrared heaters. But the farm has struggled for years, and Clint Galbraith’s serious head injury a few years ago made the already shaky two-person operation untenable. The cost and workload of running a working horse farm and breeding operation has been overwhelming, Barbara Galbraith said earlier this year. Massive holes in the roof of the once beautiful main barn let in the snow and wind. Most of the 200 stalls have broken doors and bent bars; only about 30 are usable. by Bennett J. Loudon (reprinted with permission by (

On Friday, September 6 Myron Bell, the managing partner of the Captaintreacherous Stable, notified the officials of the Little Brown Jug that their colt would not be competing in the 68th edition of the $550,000 (est) Little Brown Jug citing "the long-term interest" of the colt. "The officials, staff, volunteers of the Little Brown Jug have been preparing to put on a great week of racing and we are going to fulfill that promise," noted Tom Wright the Director of Racing and the President of the Little Brown Jug Society. "Almost all of the greatest three-year-old pacers have won or competed in the Little Brown Jug.Good Time, Albatross, Bret Hanover, Niatross, Nihilator, Rock N Roll Heaven. We will be very proud to put the name of another champion on the Little Brown Jug." Wright added, "While we are disappointed in their decision, we are more disappointed for the fans. In a sport that could use positive press, we had a tremendous opportunity to showcase a great horse in front of 40,000 plus fans." In August the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, with unanimous approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission, allocated $50,000 of the revenue from the horsemen's video lottery terminal proceeds to the Delaware County Fair for the Little Brown Jug. With 16 starters and the allocation the 2013 Little Brown Jug purse is expected to be in excess of $550,000. The Delaware County Fair's Grand Circuit week begins on Sunday, September 15 and continues on Tuesday, September 17 through Thursday, September 19. For more information on the Little Brown Jug, please visit by Jay Wolf

This Saturday night (9-07) Batavia Downs will present a night of nostalgia when it celebrates the 25th anniversary of their hosting the 1988 Breeders Crown aged mare trot along with reuniting five of the most popular drivers ever circle their surface, to once again compete against each other in the first Legends of Batavia Downs race.   The 1988 Breeders Crown was the richest purse ever offered at the Genesee County oval as well as the only leg of that prestigious series to be held there. The record purse of $268,756 saw top drivers Bill O’Donnell, Doug Brown and Ben Webster compete and a packed house was anxious to witness the sport’s top stars.        Scenic Regal was coming off a second place finish to Mack Lobell at Yonkers and was the post time favorite. But the Armstrong Brothers entry of Armbro Fling and Armbro Flori were a formidable team to beat. In front of a roaring crowd, Larry Walker got Armbro Flori home by a head over the fast closing Scenic Regal in a time of 1:59.3. A pedestrian clocking by today’s standards, it was only 2/5th’s of a second off the all-time track trotting record when it happened.   To commemorate the silver anniversary, there will be $25 betting vouchers given away starting after the fourth race, for five consecutive races. All the fans on hand will be eligible to win.   Also that night will be the first ever Legends of Batavia Downs Pace. It will be 1970 all over again when the driving titans of a bygone era are brought back to the track to relive one of the most exciting times the track ever had. Hall of famer Clint Galbriath will be back in the bike to tangle with fellow western New York stars Gerry Sarama, Gaston Guindon, Dick Welch and Fred Haslip in a one mile race for the ages.   Clint Galbraith has 3,062 wins and $19 million in earnings. He scored his first dash title at Batavia Downs in 1963 and will be forever synonymous with the legendary Niatross who won 37 of 39 starts and was named the horse of the year in 1979 and 1980. Another great Galbraith student was Call For Rain who won the Breeders Crown twice.The list of accomplishments attained by Galbraith is as impressive as any horseman ever to go behind a starting gate.   Gerry Sarama has 2,630 wins and $11.5 million in earnings. He started driving at an early age and quickly found himself at the top of the driver colony at Batavia. Although he made a move to Roosevelt Raceway for a while to compete with the best in the nation, he eventually found his way back home and was always a highly sought after catch driver. Some of his most memorable horses were Jambo Bea, Free Chase, and his personal favorite, Cambiance. Sarama was known as “the man with the hands”.   Gaston Guindon has 3,080 wins and $6.9 million in earnings. He moved to Batavia Downs in 1969 and it wasn’t long after that his career took off. The horses he drove were a who’s who for years and included names like the venerable Mr. Coal, Keystone Spectrum, Harbor Smoke, E C Oakie, Willow Hill Boy, Mucalee Bunt, Hot Shot Hamde, Skipper Frank and River Mouse. He is affectionately known by the locals as “The Gasser”.   Dick Welch has 923 wins and $1.7 million in purses. He started driving at Batavia Downs in the late 1960’s and was the trainer for the powerful Marks Stable of Buffalo. Two of the most memorable pacers ever to race locally came from his barn; Pine Hill Time and Pine Hill Fred. Both were perennial Open class performers and shuttled between home and New York to race the best the east coast had to offer. His last pari-mutual start was in 1978 when he shifted gears to become a racing official. Welch was known for his trademark toothpick as you seldom saw him without one.   Fred Haslip has 2,585 wins and has earned $5.9 million in purses. The lifelong resident of Basom, NY started driving at fairs in 1959 and scored his first pari mutual win in 1960. The list of horses that Haslip has teamed over the years is long and includes names like Diamond Sparkler, Happy Sparkler, Keystone Astro, Kay El, Jack the Baron, Coaltown Smoke, Flawless Sparkler and Princess Dee Dee. But Haslip is probably most noted for developing the former double gaited world record holder, Excalibur.   Todd Haight is the General Manager of live racing at Batavia Downs. He remembers watching this group compete against each other in their prime and looks forward to “getting the band back together” to relive the good old days.   Haight said “We are proud and excited to have these gentlemen come back and thrill our fans one more time. They were responsible for so many great races and memories that many of us still recall when we stand by the fence and reminisce. This is the first Legend’s race we’ve held and we look forward to doing it every year moving forward.”   There will be a meet and greet with an autograph session on the apron from 5:30 to 6:25 and there will be a special picture insert in the program perfect for signing. The race itself will be held after the seventh event of the night. The whips used in the race by the five drivers will be autographed and given away to the fans in a random drawing. After the race, Gaston Guindon will be honored by the track and his colors will be hung in their track Hall of Fame where he will join other Batavia Downs immortals Jeff Gregory, John Schroeder, Ben Webster, Patsy Rapone and Bob Altizer.   Post time is 6:30 for this action packed night of racing.  by Tim Bojarski   

It was another good night on the track for 2013 Johnston Cup leading trainer Gregg McNair when seven divisions of two-year old pacing fillies rolled into Hanover Raceway.  The Guelph, Ontario resident formerly of Walkerton, scored two grassroots division victories with Momara and Can Art in races five and nine respectively. 2013 Battle of the Belles runner-up Momara wired the field as the overwhelming post-time favorite.  The daughter of Lis Mara cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.3 with Stuart Sowerby in the race bike.  Momara now has four wins in six lifetime starts for earnings nearing the $50,000 mark. Sowerby was steering once again when McNair sent out Can Art in race nine.  The Artistic Fella filly was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.3, as she was able to fend off all challengers in the stretch.  The win was her second in six races. McNair also had a second place finish from Regally Ready in race seven, while Sowerby scored an OSS hat trick by adding a win with Gram Rules for Blake McIntosh in race three. Hanover was lucky to have Hall of Famer Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara on hand, as he visited with Peter and Jean Thibideau before heading to Clinton to compete in their Legends Day of Racing program.   Galbraith trained and drove arguably the best horse of the last century in Niatross who was just this past week, was enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  Niatross was the first pacer to earn over 2 million dollars and was named the hosre of the year in 1979 and 1980.  Niatross was named the Horse of the year in both Canada and the United States during 2 year old campaign where we won all 13 of his races and won 37 of his 39 career starts.  Hanover Raceway returns with All-Trot Night on Saturday, August 24th.  The eleventh edition of the track’s all trotting card will feature eliminations for the Balanced Image stakes for two-year olds, the 39th annual Walker Memorial, and a RUS Ontario exhibition race.  Hanover Raceway is also participating in the Bring A Friend to the Races Challenge, as fans who bring someone new to the races, will both be entered in a draw for special behind the scenes prizing.   Fans who come early will get a chance to meet the RUS riders and several regular drivers including Jay Harris and Stuart Sowerby in a meet and greet session under the grandstand at 6:30pm.  Post time next Saturday for the 11th annual ALL TROT DAY is 7:30pm.    

There is little doubt the bar is set high for Captaintreacherous this season. When you are the first 2-year-old to receive Pacer of the Year in 25 years, there is little way around it.

Racing greats Secretariat and Niatross figure prominently on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame election ballot which reflects the changes announced earlier this year. Eligibility now includes those people and horses who brought honour to Canadian horse racing.

Barbara Galbraith thought she had a guardian angel when she opened a mysterious FedEx envelope left on the front porch of her small Scottsville farmhouse last month and found a check for $2,431. Perhaps, she thought, someone learned of how badly she and her once world-class harness racing breeding operation were struggling.

The $9,700 finale of the Bob Staats Pacing series for fillies and mares is the featured attraction here at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo Friday night with opening leg winners RD Iou and Don't Hurry Love heading the marquee. First post for the 13-race harness racing program is 5:55 p.m.

Walnridge Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, one of the state's oldest farms, is the 2012 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year.

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